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Heliothelopsis unicoloralis

Heliothelopsis unicoloralis
Pima Canyon, Santa Catalina Mts., Pima County, Arizona, USA
August 14, 2006
Size: 4-6mm
These small moths were active diurnally. Started to photograph the flower with one moth on it and a second appeared before snapping the pic. Very small guys. My best guess is about 4-6 mm. They are working on a Hirissantia crispa flower (Malvaceae). Anybody have an idea what they are?

Moved from Moths.

Mystery solved
These are Heliothelopsis unicoloralis, # 4843 (Crambidae: Odontiinae). I'll create a species page and move these guys from 'mystery moths' to new species for the Guide (and first live specimen photos of this species that I've seen). I'm thinking this photo will be quite welcome over at MPG as well.

Great find and great submission.

for the ID J.D.!!! Was really surprised to get this after so long. It's always exciting to get the first of a species contributed to Bugguide.

My pleasure
I especially enjoy tracking down these sort of little gems that are rarely photo'd alive and in situ.

Once again, great find.

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